This “holiday” is the perfect excuse to grab a coworker, cut out of work early, and get out there and enjoy the fresh air while the sun is still in the sky. As these days get shorter, it is even more important to go outside and soak up that Vitamin D at every chance we can get before hibernation and holiday cookies get the best of us.
Studies have shown that there are numerous benefits to walking in nature. Not only does hiking burn 400-550 calories per hour, but 20 minutes outside can wake you up just as much as drinking that cup of coffee in the morning can. Getting outside is linked to increased brain activity, creativity, stress-reduction, lower heart rate, and a positive mood. Not to mention the physiological benefits of getting regular exercise and breathing clean air!
Luckily NALT, other Land Trusts, and National Parks can offer their services to those in need of a new hiking trail. With over 60,000 miles offered by the National Trail System, as well as local trails provided and maintained by your neighborhood land trust, we’ve got you covered. Check out Apps such as AllTrails or GoogleMaps to see what outdoor adventure is closest to you. Here in Chester County, you can find walking trails for all skill levels at Harmony Hill, Skelp Level Park, Paradise Valley Nature Area, and Mt. Bradford Preserve.
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and pack water and a snack, and maybe your camera while you’re at it. And don’t forget to bring a dog and a friend or two!